FAKE $50 AUSTRALIAN BANK NOTES $30,OOO GETS HOLDER JAIL TIME

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Troy Adam Love busted with $30,000 in counterfeit $50 notes sentenced to three months jail.

A MAN busted with up to $30,000 of counterfeit $50 notes has been sentenced to three months behind bars.

Troy Adam Love, 31, pleaded guilty in the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday to making and possessing counterfeit money, possessing a knife in a public place and unlawful possession of suspected stolen property.

The court heard Love produced the counterfeit cash with a printer and precision-cutting instruments at his home in Mermaid Waters between January and October last year.

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Police were alerted when three counterfeit notes were used by a woman at the Civic Video Store in West End in September last year.

When police forensically examined the notes they found Love had come into contact with some of those seized.

They then intercepted a vehicle he was driving and conducted a search.

Officers found several hundred counterfeit notes — some cut to size and some still printed on a sheet of paper — inside a pillow case in a sports bag.

The court heard the haul had a face value of $20,000-30,000.

Also in the bag was a black flick knife, notebook computers, precision blade-cutting instruments, plastic A4-sized sheets with shapes the size of the $50 ­window on the note.

Police prosecutor Seargent Reece Foort said some of the notes were in early stages of manufacturing while others were “fairly close” to a real note.

Solicitor Jason Grant said only one of the notes was complete with a window.

“He had started to do it then realised the stupidity of it,” he said.

Mr Grant said Love had started hanging around with a new group of friends, who introduced him to smoking ice, before he produced the notes.
“At the time he was using a substantial quantity of drugs.”

Magistrate Paul Johnstone said a prison sentence was appropriate as the “community must protect its currency”.

“The trick and deceit in uttering counterfeit currency is immediately damaging and potentially dangerous,” he said.

Mr Johnstone sentenced Love to three months jail and issued him a $1000 fine

Henry Sapiecha

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